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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 12/14/18

On banning the shift; Dipoto’s hospital trade; how good Miguel Andújar could be

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Baseball Prospectus | Russell A. Carleton ($): This pieces tackles the “ban the shift” discourse, and it boils down to... why do we care so much about this? This is more cultural than anything in regards to it violating some weird traditionalism about baseball, and not because it has some large effect on the game. Lost singles are made up for in gained walks, he has found previously, and adding a rule against the shift could have unintended side effects that only make the game look even weirder.

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Jerry Dipoto just keeps making trades, but this one was from a hospital bed, engaging in a three-team trade that sends Edwin Encarnacion and cash to the Mariners, Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers to the Indians, and Yandy Diaz and Cole Sulser to the Rays.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Miguel Andújar has been floated in trade proposals during the Winter Meetings. He’s good, but how good really? Based on comparable players, most players have rarely improved in the ways he would need to; namely, his defense and plate discipline. If he starts walking more then he looks like a decent first baseman. If not, it’s tough to see him stick at third base and his bat just cannot carry him as a designated hitter.